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Scientists have imaged the base of a tectonic plate
Smithsonian
By setting off explosions and listening for their reverberations deep inside Earth, scientists have taken the equivalent of a CT scan of the base of a tectonic plate. The results show that the base has a thin, slippery layer that may help the plate move across a more viscous layer of rock below —and may explain what drives plate tectonics.
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Geologists unlock mysteries of the planet's inner core
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Phys.org
Seismic waves are helping scientists to plumb the world's deepest mystery: the planet's inner core. Thanks to a novel application of earthquake-reading technology, a research team at the University of Illinois and colleagues at Nanjing University in China have found that the Earth's inner core has an inner core of its own, which has surprising properties that could reveal information about our planet.
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Scientists determine that life exists deep beneath Earth's surface
Tech Times
Researchers at Yale University believe that life exists deep beneath the Earth's surface, not only changing what we know about life, but also how we might look for life on alien planets. These researchers found proof of a bacteria living 12 miles underground, making it the first of its kind ever found. This also suggests that some life can exist at extreme conditions, meaning that similar life on other planets is possible.
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AIPG NEWS


AIPG 2015 Membership Dues — Final notice
AIPG
Membership Dues were due Jan. 1.
Members that have not paid as of Feb. 15, will be suspended.
An additional $20 (late fee) is required for payments received after Feb. 15.


Annual membership dues are due and payable Jan. 1 in accordance with the Bylaws. You are encouraged to login to the AIPG Member portion of the website to pay your dues for 2015. Paying online helps save on printing and postage costs. A few straightforward instructions and the link follow for paying online. Credit card payments can be taken over the phone 303-412-6205 or fax your dues statement with credit card information to 303-253-9220, or mailing address is below. Call if you have any questions 303-412-6205.

Click on "Member Login" to pay dues, make a donation and purchase insignia items. Your login is your email and the system has you setup your password if you haven't already. You must login to pay dues, search the directory or make changes to your record.

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The Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists
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The Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists has been established to: make educational grants to support individual scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students in the geosciences; prepare literature with educational content about the role of geosciences as a critical component of the sciences and of the national economy and public health and safety; make grants to classroom geoscience teachers for classroom teaching aids; support development of education programs for the science and engineering community; support geoscience internships in the nation's capital; support geological field trips for K-12; and support educational outreach programs to the public on the state and local level.

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New York Gov. Cuomo signed the bill to establish the profession of geology
New York State Education Department
NYSCPG Past-President John Nadeau (CPG-11181) announced that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill to establish the profession of geology on Nov. 21, 2014.
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AIPG call for abstracts — Ohio 2015 Conference
AIPG
AIPG Conference on The Expanding World of Unconventional Shale Hydrocarbon Resources — The role of Hydraulic Fracturing in the Development of the Utica, Marcellus and other Devonian Shales of the Appalachian Basin with Ohio's Geology in Core and Outcrop Short Course and Field Trip. The conference is being held April 27-29, in Columbus, Ohio. Presentations are on April 28 and 29 with a half day short course and a half day field trip on April 27. Co-hosted by the AIPG Ohio Section. Sponsors and Exhibitors are welcome. For additional information contact Cathy Duran at cld@aipg.org or call 303-412-6205. Register online or pdf form | Ad Flyer | Exhibitor Form | Sponsor Form
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AIPG New Members and Applicants listing
AIPG
Check out the listing of New Members and Applicants from Oct. 31, 2014 to Jan. 28, 2015.
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Geoscience Currents #96: US geoscience enrollments and degrees robust in 2014
American Geosciences Institute
Enrollments in U.S. geoscience programs remained robust during the 2013-2014 academic year. Enrollments continued its long-term growth trend with 6 percent and 4.5 percent increases for undergraduate and graduate enrollments, respectively. Degree production at U.S. geoscience programs also remained strong. The revised 2013 enrollments showed a surge to over 4000 awarded bachelor degrees. The sudden increase in Master's degrees awarded in 2012 has become persistent with continued strong growth at that level, with some of that growth at the expense of doctoral program enrollments.
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AIPG call for abstracts — Alaska 2015 National Conference
AIPG
Join the American Institute of Professional Geologists at the 2015 Annual National Conference in Anchorage, Alaska! Present and attend the technical sessions on Sept. 21-22. The technical session presentations will be held at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel, 500 West Third Avenue, in Anchorage, Alaska. Contact the hotel at 1-800-HILTONS. The room rate is $137. To have your abstract considered for a presentation please submit an abstract online by May 4.
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AIPG student scholarship applications due Feb. 15
AIPG
AIPG Student Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarship applications are due Feb. 15. For details on the undergraduate scholarship, click here. For details on the graduate scholarship, click here. If you have any questions call 303-412-6205 or email aipg@aipg.org.
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AIPG call for abstracts — 2015 Energy Exposition
AIPG
Join the American Institute of Professional Geologists at the 2015 Energy Exposition in Billings, Montana! Register online or fill out the registration form. Present and attend the technical sessions organized and hosted by AIPG on June 24th-25th with an optional field trip: Transect Across the Beartooth Mountains Front Laramide Triangle Zone: Dean, Montana to The Golf Course. Trip leader: Ennis Geraghty, Senior Project Geologist, Stillwater Mining Company on Friday, June 26. The schedule is structured to allow plenty of time to browse and participate in the Energy Exposition. Registration will include "Breakfast and a Movie" both days, lunch and reduced ticket pricing for the Expo dinner on June 25. Click here for additional information on the Energy Exposition. The technical session presentations will be held at the Rimrock Arena within the MetraPark Expo Center, 308 6th Avenue N., Billings, Montana. To have your abstract considered for a presentation please submit an abstract online by March 9.
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AIPG Section Newsletters now available online
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AIPG Journal — The Professional Geologist (TPG)
AIPG
The AIPG quarterly journal, The Professional Geologist, October/November/December 2014 issue is now available online.
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Date Event More Information
Feb. 13 AIPG National Executive Committee Meeting Tucson, Arizona
March 14-21 AIPG Kentucky Section Bahamas Short Course Field Trip Announcements
April 11 AIPG Georgia Section Field Trip Southern Ionics Heavy Mineral Mine
April 27-29 AIPG Energy & Shale in the Appalachian Basin Columbus, Ohio
June 24-25 2015 Energy Exposition with Technical Sessions Presented by AIPG Billings, Montana
Sept. 19-22 AIPG 2015 National Conference, Anchorage, Alaska Hosted by AIPG National and co-hosted by AIPG Alaska Section
Sept. 29-30 AIPG Georgia Section: "Innovative Environmental Assessment of Remediation Technology Kennesaw, Georgia
Sept. 9-13, 2016 AIPG 2016 National Conference Santa Fe, New Mexico


INDUSTRY NEWS


The moon's mysterious magnetic field
Geology For Investors
Today, the moon has a very weak magnetic field, but researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently released a paper in Nature showing that the Moon used to have a much stronger magnetic field. In fact, they believe the moon's magnetic field was even stronger than the Earth's.
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Ice ages make the Earth's crust thicker
ZME Science
It's hard to think that the crust's thickness (which varies between several and several tens of kilometers) can be affected by what happens on the surface — but that's exactly the conclusion of a recent study conducted by British researchers. They found that during an ice age, when sea levels are low, the magma that spreads out from mid-ocean ridges flows and solidifies quickly, leading to increased oceanic crust thickness.
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Huge, slow-moving 'internal' waves wreak havoc
Discovery News
Compared to fast-moving, wind-driven surface waves, internal waves are lumbering giants that can grow to more than 2,000 feet high and travel at three to six miles per hour. They are found across the world's oceans, including coastal California and the mid-Atlantic. These waves churn cold deep water with warm surface water like a gigantic washing machine. It takes a week for them to journey from New Zealand to Tasmania.
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America's amazing, drivable Crater: Alamo impact yields secrets
Live Science
One of America's biggest impact craters was sliced and diced until it spread across Nevada like a plate of crudités. Now, after scaling more than 20 mountain ranges in the sweltering desert sun, geologists have reassembled the crater into a semblance of its original shape. Evidence provided by pulverized rocks suggests the crater was more than 90 miles wide, as big as the Chesapeake Bay impact crater offshore Virginia. The findings offer the most comprehensive view yet of the Alamo crater, the most accessible impact crater in North America.
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Scientists fly into storms for research
The San Diego Union-Tribune
As Californians wait expectantly for rain, scientists from San Diego are flying through storms to find out what causes precipitation. The researchers — with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA and Department of Energy — are exploring how atmospheric rivers, or vast currents of airborne water, generate snowfall that feeds California's water system.
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Smoke feeds extreme storms and tornadoes
Science World Report
It turns out that smoke from fires can actually intensify tornadoes. Scientists have taken a closer look at the effects of smoke resulting from spring agricultural land-clearing fires and found that they actually intensify tornado conditions.
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South African gold traced to 3 billion year old volcanoes, microbes
Ars Technica
Some of the world's best gold deposits can be found in South Africa's Witwatersrand Basin. The Vaal Reef deposit, for example, is gigantic — it coughed up three thousand tons of gold, which would be worth well over $100 billion at today's prices. However, geologists are still arguing about how the gold got there — riverine placer or hydrothermal precipitation.
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